Writing Contest

Spring 2016

9th Annual Next Great Writers Contest
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 6
Public Reading: Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 pm (in conjunction with the Flash Fiction Contest reading)

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts of fiction or nonfiction prose (up to 2,000 words) or poetry (up to 5 poems). Please include a $10 fee per entry, payable to the Carnegie Center. Entries should also include a cover sheet complete with writer’s name, address, e-mail address, and phone number; names should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 6 at 5:00 pm. Send entries to: The Next Great Writers Contest, Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St, Lexington, KY 40507. The cash prize is $150 for first place and $100 for second place. Winning authors will be notified by June 1.

Summer 2016

Flash Fiction contest
Submission Deadline: Friday, July 15
Public Reading: Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 pm (in conjunction with the Next Great Writer Contest reading)

Writers have been producing very short fiction for hundreds of years. From Aesop to Hemingway, they’ve written stories with a protagonist, plot, and resolution – all in 500 words or fewer. Now it’s your chance to say it in 500 words. Entries will be judged. The first place winner receives $150 and second place receives $100. There is a $10 reading fee, payable to the Carnegie Center. Entries should include name, address, email address, and phone number on a cover page (NOT on the manuscript itself ). Entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, July 15, 2016. Send entries to: Flash Fiction Contest, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY, 40507.